Save Sight Institute strongly represented at 48th Annual RANZCO Congress
8 Dec 2016
Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 48th Annual RANZCO Congress saw ophthalmologists, orthoptists, practice managers, and vision scientists from across Australia and New Zealand, as well as industry leaders in scientific products and services, met under the theme of “Where innovation meets culture” to advance eye care.
Save Sight Institute’s (SSI) long-standing reputation for excellence in research and patient care was recognised at the meeting. Thirty-seven of our ophthalmologists and clinical and honorary academic staff were selected to chair sessions and speak on their diverse topics of expertise. Professor Gerard Sutton gave the Council Lecture for 2016 on Synergy and Serendipity: Essential ingredients in Innovative Corneal Therapy
The Save Sight Registries (SSR) team and the SSI hosted tables in the Exhibition Hall. The Institute’s table promoted the Patient Care Coordination Service, as well as research and education initiatives. This provided an opportunity for attendees to find out more about SSI activities.
Highlights from the Congress included the SSI’s contribution to the Retinal Diagnostics Dilemma symposium, with Professor John Grigg chairing and all presenters affiliated with SSI. Professor Stephanie Watson chaired a session on ‘Herpes Simplex Keratitis: All you need to know for the clinic” which was well attended and featured Professor Peter McCluskey Director of the Save Sight Institute, and Dr Con Petsoglou.
Special congratulations to Associate Professor Clare Fraser who will take up a position on the Board of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) and Professor Stephanie Watson who was elected Chair of ORIA.
The innovation and growing expertise of aspiring ophthalmologists at the SSI was highlighted during the poster session held on Monday the 21st November. During the session, 32 current and former students presented. The rapid fire paper sessions held during the congress also featured SSI students; Drs Ji Li, Jessica Tong, Irene Tan, Nayomi Perera and Anupam Rao and Maria Cabrera Aguas. SSI was also proud to congratulate many of the newly elected Fellows who were former students.
In response to recent media revelations on the extent of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination in the medical field, RANZCO held an inaugural forum to discuss the issue with members. Dr Con Petsoglou presented his assessment of the recent RANZCO survey highlighting the valuable nature of such processes and that the issue is relevant across all specialties within ophthalmology. It is an active first step in eliminating sexual harassment and bullying in the field. With RANZCO 2016 considered a success for SSI, we look forward to continuing our presence as a leading institute in ophthalmic research and education and patient care.